I was recently contacted by Bruce Pearson, who is trying to track down the old wooden launch named Pakeha, pictured above, which belonged to his late Grandfather Dr. Gordon Campbell of Nelson.

Bruce is light on any details about the boat as he was just a child when his Grandfather took his family out on it, around the late 1960’s, early 1970’s (Bruce is aged 55 now).

Bruce’s mother told him that her Dad (Gordon Campbell) had the boat since the 1940s and he renamed it to Pakeha, she thinks it was formerly called Elsie or something similar.

Pakeha was double ended and had a lower berth cabin with a semicircular front and a taller wheelhouse. Her length is unknown.

Bruce has been told that it was later owned by a farmer near Motueka somewhere and that it was partially restored when the farmer passed away. No info available as to what happened to it since that sighting.

Bruce would love to hear what became of Pakeha.



2 thoughts on “Pakeha

  1. Hi the Pakeha was owned by my dad, Dr. Gordon Campbell of Nelson. We enjoyed wonderful fishing trips in her over the years. I know that Dad sometimes went down to the French Pass region on fishing trips. It’s very likely that your suggestion of E.R Lane having built her is correct, Thankyou for your investigation. I understand that Pakeha was owned in Motueka after Dad sold her, and the last information I was able to obtain was that she eventually was taken to a paddock to be restored in Motueka, but the owner passed away before that was completed. Pakeha was 25 feet long, and had an enormous diesel engine ( of which the fumes were conducive to sea sickness at times!) It had to be cranked to start it, an exhausting job. Later Dad had a petrol engine put it. She was all Kauri.


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